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Art On Your Doorstep

Art On Your Doorstep

Rural Arts is looking for older people in Thirsk and a 10-mile rural catchment area to get involved. Running until the end of March 2019, there are a number of opportunities available, all of which are free of charge:

1 to 1 sessions - Art on your Doorstep will bring artists to older people so they can enjoy one-to-one creative sessions in their own homes to help them overcome the barriers they may face in taking part in arts activities. Sessions can include: memoir writing, photography, iPad art, painting and drawing.

Art Café - Come along on Thursdays, once a month between 10.30 – 11.30am and enjoy an hour of free creative activity and a cup of tea in the relaxed, social atmosphere of the Courthouse in Thirsk. Recent activities include painted birdhouses & feeders, sun catchers & pressed flowers, painting pebbles, seascape paintings and more.

Village Hall Art Clubs - In a number of different village halls around Thirsk, we offer a monthly programme of 1.5 to 2 hour group sessions of creative activities, including pottery, painting, mosaics, print-making and more.

No previous experience is required, all abilities are welcome, along with carers or friends and relatives. Workshops are delivered by professional artists, experienced in working with older people. All materials are provided.

Free transport available via Thirsk Community Care, depending upon location. Please call 01845 574707

To find out more, to sign up, or to enquire on behalf of someone you know, give us a call on 01845 526536, email, or pop in and see us at Rural Arts, The Courthouse, Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS


Comments from participants of Art On Your Doorstep:

I have happier thoughts, and have something to look forward to; I like being appreciated. I am more motivated to get out and about. My greatest joy is sharing my love for music. I am feeling more involved, with Rural Arts, with the village and with my daughter and am feeling better about life, especially in the last few weeks.”  Norman, aged 96.

Rural Arts has provided me with the opportunity and inspiration to find a direction for my fledgling art interest.  Advancing years, 84, and now living alone means it is sometimes difficult to develop new contacts and interests.  At Rural Arts I have been able to sample a wide variety of art disciplines in very friendly and stimulating surroundings to the point where I now have greater confidence to explore and pursue new experiences. The future is still exciting!”  Geoffrey, aged 84



Recently our Director Angela Hall wrote a blog piece for The Baring Foundation, read it here.



Free: Tea Dance at Thirsk Town Hall



For the Supported Shopping Service please call Thirsk Community Care on 01845 523 115

For all other events call Rural Arts on 01845 526536 for more information





Come along and take part in an artist led session or just have a go at painting or drawing! All materials provided.

Stillington Village Hall (York)

Wednesdays once a month, 10am - 12 noon

Wed 27 June 2018 

Wed 29 August 2018

Wed 26 September 2018

Wed 31 October 2018

Wed 28 November 2018

Ampleforth Village Hall

Wednesdays once a month, 2 - 3.30pm

Wed 25th July 2018 

Wed 29 August 

Wed 26 Sepember

Wed 31 October 

Wed 28 November 

Borrowby Village Hall (Contact Val Stephenson 01845 537702)

Wednesdays once a month, 10am - 12 noon

1st August 2018 

5th September 2018 

3rd October 2018 

7th November 2018

5th December 2018

9th January 2019

Sessay Village Hall, Sessay, Thirsk, YO7 3NQ (Contact Carole Trow 01845 501141)

Mondays once a month, 10.30am - 12.30pm

13th August 2018

17th September 2018

15th October 2018

19th November 2018

10th December 2018

14th January 2019

Kilburn Institute, Kilburn, York, YO61 4AH (Contact Julie Harron 01347 868359)

Mondays once a month, 1.45 - 3.45pm

13th August 2018 

17th September 2018

15th October 2018

19th November 2018

10th December 2018

14th January 2019

Husthwaite Village Hall, The Nookin, Husthwaite, YO61 4PY (Contact Lynn Colton 07810 263346 or 01347 86092)

Thursdays once a month, 10am - 12pm

Thursday 6th September, 2018 

Thursday 4th October 2018

Thursday 8th November 2018

Thursday 6th December 2018

Thursday 10th January 2019

Thursday 7th Febuary 2019

Topcliffe & Asenby Village Hall, Front St, Topcliffe, Thirsk, YO7 3RJ (Contact 01845 577911)

Tuesdays once a month, 1.30 - 3.30pm

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 

Tuesday 6th November 2018

Tuesday 4th December 2018

Tuesday 8th January 2019

Tuesday 5th February 2019

Tuesday 5th March 2019 


Call us on 01845 526536 for more information.


For more information about our work in the community, or if you would like us to organise a workshop for you, please contact Jayne Rawlins, Telephone 01845 526356; e-mail

We will be able to tell you if you are eligible for free workshops.